space·​craft | \ ˈspās-ˌkraft How to pronounce spacecraft (audio) \

Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the earth's atmosphere

Examples of spacecraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After his stay on the ISS, Maezawa is looking to go even deeper into space — all the way around the moon, aboard SpaceX's Starship spacecraft. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 31 Aug. 2021 Jeff Bezos is slated to rocket into suborbital space aboard his own company's spacecraft — is a landmark moment for the commercial space industry. Francesca Street, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021 The shape of the magnetic shield may be tailored to better suit the living quarter configuration aboard the spacecraft. ABC News, 25 July 2021 The winner and one guest are set to be among the first everyday citizens to travel aboard a spacecraft. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 23 July 2021 The world's richest man and his crew aboard the New Shepard spacecraft are set for a 9 a.m. ET liftoff Tuesday from outside the tiny West Texas town of Van Horn, bound for space and glory, back to Earth about 11 minutes later. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 Blue Origin hasn’t yet revealed who else will be aboard the New Shepard spacecraft. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 12 June 2021 The billionaire businessman will take a seat aboard the spacecraft built by his company, Blue Origin, for its first passenger launch July 20. William Harwood, CBS News, 7 June 2021 The plot finds a 72-year-old woman aboard a spacecraft headed on a trip of no return, answering questions and telling her story to a HAL-like computer. Washington Post, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of spacecraft

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spacecraft was in 1929

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11 Sep 2021

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“Spacecraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle that is used for travel in outer space


space·​craft | \ ˈspās-ˌkraft How to pronounce spacecraft (audio) \
plural spacecraft

Kids Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle for travel beyond the earth's atmosphere

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